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Issue 930 (11 December 2017)

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Comment

Preimplantation genetic screening: unvalidated methods discard healthy embryos
11 December 2017 - by Norbert Gleicher
A seemingly brilliant hypothesis of preimplantation genetic screening arose in the 1990s when Dr Yuri Verlinsky proposed using polar body biopsies to detect chromosomal abnormalities in embryos prior to transfer in IVF... Healthy embryos are discarded by unvalidated PGS [Read More]
Does it matter whether infertility is a disease?
11 December 2017 - by Hane Maung
Infertility affects one in seven couples in the United Kingdom. Currently in England, state-funded treatment for infertility is available under the NHS, although availability varies across different local clinical commissioning groups. Depending on the kind of infertility, treatment may include medical interventions, surgical procedures, and assisted reproductive technologies... [Read More]

News Digest

First trials of Huntington's drug show it could slow disease
11 December 2017 - by Martha Henriques
A breakthrough trial has successfully reduced levels of the harmful protein that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington's... [Read More]
First US baby born after uterus transplant
11 December 2017 - by Sam Sherratt
A woman in Texas has become the first person in the USA to give birth after receiving a uterus transplant... [Read More]
New CRISPR technique reverses diabetes and kidney failure in mice without cutting DNA
11 December 2017 - by Isobel Steer
Scientists in California have used a modified form of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing approach to epigenetically treat diabetes, kidney disease and muscular dystrophy in mice... [Read More]
Gene therapy hope for haemophilia
11 December 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer
Scientists have successfully used gene therapy to prevent bleeding in a small trial of patients with the inherited blood disorder haemophilia B... [Read More]
Large volumes of stem cells collected during caesareans
11 December 2017 - by Emma Laycock
An efficient method to collect amniotic fluid rich in stem cells during caesarean sections has been developed by scientists in Sweden... [Read More]
Gene therapy directed straight to the brain works in mice
11 December 2017 - by Ewa Zotow
Scientists revealed an innovative method which can be used to transplant blood-forming stem cells directly into the brain... [Read More]
Surrogate sues clinic for using embryos without consent
11 December 2017 - by Theofanis Michailidis
A woman who acted as a surrogate for friends has sued the fertility clinic where they were treated, after it transferred one of the unused embryos made using her eggs to impregnate the same couple, without her consent... [Read More]
Blood test could warn of return of skin cancer
11 December 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
UK scientists say they are closer to developing an 'early warning system' for the return of cancer in patients using a simple blood test... [Read More]

Reviews

Radio Review: PM - Our Fertility Journey
11 December 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
Despite concerted efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding fertility struggles, there still appears to be a 'facelessness' to this incredibly common issue, which suggests that fertility is still very much a taboo subject... [Read More]

 

 

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